And now far across the sea a brave man of the Goths, Beowulf by name, heard of the doings of Grendel, and he made up his mind to come to the aid of King Hrothgar.
He greeted them with joy, and after feasting and song the Danes and their King departed and left the Goths to guard the hall.
The Goths awoke, joining in the fight, but all their swords were of no avail against the ogre.
And if the first disaster to the Roman Empire[*] should be examined, it will be found to have commenced only with the enlisting of the Goths
; because from that time the vigour of the Roman Empire began to decline, and all that valour which had raised it passed away to others.
"His name," said the Distressed One, "is not the same as Bellerophon's horse that was called Pegasus, or Alexander the Great's, called Bucephalus, or Orlando Furioso's, the name of which was Brigliador, nor yet Bayard, the horse of Reinaldos of Montalvan, nor Frontino like Ruggiero's, nor Bootes or Peritoa, as they say the horses of the sun were called, nor is he called Orelia, like the horse on which the unfortunate Rodrigo, the last king of the Goths
, rode to the battle where he lost his life and his kingdom."
This may not be understood-but the old Goths
of Germany would have understood it, who used to debate matters of importance to their State twice, once when drunk, and once when sober-sober that they might not be deficient in formality--drunk lest they should be destitute of vigor.
The legendary hosts of Goths
and Huns, the hugest armies Asia has ever seen, would have been but a drop in that current.
The Gauls, Germans, Goths
, Saxons, Normans, and others, had it for a time.
All other errands were done, and Meg and her mother busy at some necessary needlework, while Beth and Amy goth
tea, and Hannah finished her ironing with what she called a `slap and a bang', but still Jo did not come.
There is no more to say, but east and west, In go the speares sadly in the rest, In goth
the sharp spur into the side, There see men who can just and who can ride; There shiver shaftes upon shieldes thick, He feeleth through the heart-spone the prick; Up springen speares, twenty feet in height, Out go the swordes to the silver bright; The helms they to-hewn and to-shred; Out burst the blood with stern streames red.
"I think I shall turn round on you and accuse you of being a Goth
," said Rosamond, looking at Lydgate with a smile.
"You are indeed," cried Ford, laughing, "a Goth
, Hun, and Vandal, with all the other hard names which the old man called us.